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CTE Certification Program

The CTE Certification Program is one component of the District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Strategic Plan which promotes the City’s mission to strengthen the pipeline to college and careers. CTE Certifications are industry-endorsed assessments that are designed to indicate an individual’s ability and competence in a given field of work. Many CTE Programs of Study culminate in such a certification exam. Students and their families are expected to cover the cost of exam fees. These associated costs may be a hardship for some families. With the overarching goal to address students’ needs, the CTE Certification Program is a critical element to realizing this objective.

The purpose of the CTE Certification Program is to (1) increase the number of students who earn industry certification within high wage and high demand fields and, (2) to provide employers with qualified District resident applicants as vacancies arise. Specifically, the Fund is used to pay for certification exams for District students who have participated in CTE Priority Programs of Study but fail to take the exam because they cannot afford to do so.


All DC Public and Public Charter High Schools, the University of the District of Columbia Community College, and other local institutions receiving local and federal funding for CTE programming are eligible to receive Career Education Development funding.

Career Education Development